Possibly the Pyrenees is the best high mountain area for motorcycle riding in all of Europe, and to say this when the Alps are also in Europe is saying a lot, and you may think that being Spanish leads us to exaggeration, but we will give several reasons for you to see that this is not the case.
The main reason is that the roads of the Pyrenees are very similar to the roads of the Alps, but they have much less traffic, which will allow us to enjoy the motorcycle much more without having to continually deal with the hundreds of cars and buses circulating on the alpine roads.
The second reason is that the roads in the Pyrenees, especially those on the Spanish side, are better and in better condition than those on the Alpine passes.
And the third reason, but not least, is that both the gastronomic and hotel standards of the Pyrenees are much higher than that of the Alps.
On the other hand, it is true that this tour does not offer the mythical alpine passes such as the Stelvio, nor roads as unique as the Passo san Boldo, and that in that sense the Alps have no rival in the world, but that is precisely what causes the great influx of tourists that collapses the roads, something that does not happen in the Pyrenees.
One of the main characteristics of this tour is that it has an astonishing number of curves, as this tour offers 9,365 curves on the basic 7-day route that averages 1,338 curves per day. Therefore, as you can imagine, it is not a tour for novice pilots.
In the landscape aspect, you can already imagine that we are talking about high mountain landscapes, which in sunny areas are wooded and in shady areas they are pastures where you will see a lot of cattle. However, it is not a monumental tour since most of the destinations are small towns where there are hardly any monuments.
Therefore, if you are thinking of doing a high mountain tour, with the idea of having fun riding a motorcycle, and enjoying good hotels and restaurants, this tour is perfect for you.
Start and Finish
Desvío a Sos del Rey
Escala en Boltaña
Detour to Tortosa
Detour to Cardona
Excursión en Andorra
Detour to San Sebastian
Excursion to Biarritz
An excellent first stage in which you will travel through beautiful landscapes through the fantastic Catalan roads of the pre-Pyrenean area.
This stage takes place practically entirely in French territory, but we return to sleep in Spain, taking advantage of its better hotel quality.
Today's stage covers a very unknown area of the Catalan pre-Pyrenees to finish in the Aragon region and sleep in a beautiful place.
We return to French territory to tour the Pyrenees National Park. Also, if you wish, you will have the opportunity to visit the sanctuary of Lourdes.
This stage re-enters French territory to return to Spain through the Irati Forest, one of the most beautiful places in the Pyrenees.
We start the return to Barcelona traveling the best roads in the pre-Pyrenean areas of Navarra, Aragon and Catalonia.
Lleida and Barcelona are very close, but we have diverted the route to enjoy the fantastic roads of the Prades mountains.
Detour to Sos del Rey Católico
Hacer un desvío a Sos Del Rey le permitirá recorrer en su totalidad la selva de Irati, lo cual es tan recomendable que hemos puesto esta ampliación en primer lugar. Esta ampliación también incluye los primeros tramos del camino de Santiago desde San Jean de Pied de Port, hasta su entrada en España por Roncesvalles.
Stopover in Boltaña
Hacer una escala en Boltaña le permitirá recorrer en más profundidad la zona del prepirineo, que es magnífica para disfrutar de la moto, ya que tiene muy poco tráfico y el trazado de sus carreteras, con curvas abiertas y preciosos paisajes, es perfecta para disfrutar de la moto.
Detour to Tortosa
Diverting the route to Tortosa will allow you to explore the Prades mountains in all its depth, one of the best areas for motorcycle riding in Spain. This extension can be included alone or combined with the extension of the detour to Cardona, without repeating a single km of road.
Detour to Cardona
Diverting the route to Cardona will allow you to travel the excellent Catalan secondary roads in the first stage from to Barcelona. When you ride on them, you understand why in Catalonia there is so much love for motorcycling.
Excursion in Andorra
The excursion in Andorra covers absolutely ALL the roads of the principality, going up to all its peaks. It is a bit of a strange route, going up and down six different mountains, but it is a lot of fun, because the roads are excellent and the views are impressive.
Detour to San Sebastián
If you are fond of gastronomy, you cannot miss the opportunity to visit San Sebastián, (the city with the most Michelin stars per inhabitant in the world), which, in addition, will give you the opportunity to travel fantastic roads, some of them bordering the coastline by beautiful cliffs.
Excursion to Biarritz
And if you have diverted the route to San Sebastián, a single night will know little, so it would be highly recommended to add a second night. This would give you the opportunity to take an excursion to Biarritz, the favorite vacation spot of the European aristocracy in the 19th century.
What does the tour include?
Very detailed Route book in PDF format
In this PDF you will have all the information for each day of travel, including a brief description of the places of interest that you will find during the trip.
Recommended daily route created by professionals
Our routes are the fruit of more than 10 years of professionally planning motorcycle trips.
Very careful selection of intermediate points
The vast majority of intermediate points, which are necessary to create the route, contribute something more and are places of interest, such as monuments, viewpoints to beautiful landscapes, bars where you can have a coffee, etc.
Fuel management planning
Every 300 km at most, we will include a gas station, so that you don't worry about managing your fuel.
Shorter Alternative Routes
Our recommended routes are long enough to satisfy the most demanding rider, but we understand that not all of our clients want to do such long rides every day. For this reason, we will send you several shorter alternative routes so that you can choose the one that best suits your preferences.
Links of all routes to Google Maps and GPX Files
Whether you use your phone or a navigator, we provide you with road maps so that you can upload them to your device.
Combine with other routes
Extend the tour and make it a totally personalized experience by combining it with some of our neighboring tours:
Southwest of France
A tour very little known by the general public but one of our favorites, because it has everything.See the Tour
Related long tours
If you are looking for a more complete experience, we have developed other longer tours that already include this route:
Pyrenees & Occitanie
The best of the Pyrenees is in Spain, but the best extension is to France, which is what this tour offers.See the Tour
Do you need to rent a motorcycle?
These are the models that we can offer you to carry out this tour. Discover all the advantages of renting with us in our section. Motorcycle rental.
A.- Royal Enfield Himalayan
A.- Honda CB500X
A.- Honda NC750X
B.- Honda NC750X DCT
B.- BMW F750GS
B.- Yamaha Tenere 700
B.- Yamaha Tracer 7
C.- BMW F850GS
C.- BMW F850GS LOW
C.- Triumph Tiger 900
C.- Yamaha Tracer 9
D.- BMW F900XR
C.- Guzzi V850TT
D.- Honda Africa Twin
D.- Ducati Multiestrada 950
E.- BMW R1250GS
E.- BMW R1250GS LOW
E.- KTM 1290 Superadvent.
F.- HD Pan America 1250
F.- BMW R1250GS Adventure
F.- BMW R1250GS Adv. LOW
F.- BMW S1000XR
F.- BMW R1250RT
G.- BMW R1250RT Audio
J.- BMW K1600GTL/GT
K.- BMW K1600 G. America
J.- Honda Goldwing
K.- HD. Road Glide Ultra
K.- HD. Electra Glide Ultra
L.- Honda Goldwing Tour
We can also, if you wish, take care of your accommodation according to your budget. Thanks to our experience we can provide you with excellent accommodations during your route. These are some of the places where you can rest on this tour:
Hotel de 5 estrellas en el centro de la ciudad con excelentes habitaciones.
Moderno Hotel con Spa de 4 estrellas con unas vistas fatásticas sobre la ciudad
Parador Nacional en pleno centro del parque natural del monte Perdido.
Balneario del siglo XIX reconvertido en hotel de 4 estrellas.
Hotel de 5 estrellas en un edificio señorial del siglo XIX, en pleno centro de la ciudad
Parador Nacional en un convento del siglo XVII.
Sos del Rey
Parador Nacional de 4 estrellas construido sobre las murallas medievales.
Hotel de 5 estrellas en un monasterio del siglo XVII.
A magnificent Moorish fortress from the 10th century, which passed into the hands of the Knights Templar in 1182, who transformed it into a Christian castle.
Imposing castle started in the 10th century by Wilfredo I and expanded several times over the centuries, which makes it a very interesting building as it combines different styles.
Emblematic hotel, from the 19th century, in the very center of La Concha beach.